Ian Smith

Session Saxophone & Woodwinds

8 Reviews (7 Verified)
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Ian Smith offers a PREMIUM session musician service, either online or in-studio, enabling clients to obtain the best quality saxophone, flute or clarinet tracks for their projects. As a 1st call musician with 25+ years experience, Ian can play in all styles including Jazz, Classical, Pop, R&B, Film/TV/Radio, Rock, Theatrical, Big Band, etc. ...

Past work has included countless Film and Television soundtracks, Jingles, Artist Albums, Songwriter Demos, Library Music, etc.

Lead Saxophone/Woodwind player for Barry Manilow, Sister Sledge, Gladys Knight, Frank Sinatra Jr, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Buddy Greco, The Temptations, Lorna Luft and many more.

In addition to being able to travel to studios worldwide, Ian Smith's online session musician service provides the highest quality in recorded saxophone, flute and clarinet tracks and is tailored to each and every clients' unique requirements.

From initial contact both Ian and the client will agree on what is required and the cost involved.

After this initial consultation, the process of getting the tracks to the client is still an individual 'project by project' journey but for an indication as to the general steps involved please see the brief guide below:

The client sends any cue/guide tracks (wav/aiff/mp3) along with any required notation/chord/lead sheets (pdf,etc) and as much information as to what they require.

Ian records, and delivers for assessment each cue or track.

The tracks will be completely dry (without EQ/Reverb/Compression, etc) so that the client can then use these tracks in their own studio to finalise the mixing and mastering to their own personal requirements.

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

8 Reviews - 3 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Paolo G.

    There was no need to confirm Ian's musical taste for sax and flute. he did a very good job and I really hope to have new cooperation in the future.

  2. Review by Paolo G.

    It has been a pleasure to work with SoundBetter; I needed a saxophone track for one of my songs and I work with a very talented player, Ian Smith, that perfectly interpreted my requests. Thank you SB, thank you Ian. I am sure we will meet again. Paolo

  3. Review by Justin N.

    Ian once again delivers beautiful and fast results, couldn't recommend him any more highly. True artist and professional. You will not be disappointed!

  4. Review by Roger W.

    A real joy to work with Ian. Amazing perfomance and such a beautiful sound. Thank you !

  5. Review by Justin N.

    Working with Ian is a dream. His tone is unbelievable, his timing is perfect, and his skills are amazing. He delivers quickly and is true to his word. Ian is also a great communicator. One of the best experiences I've ever had working with another musician. Thank you Ian! Hope to work with you soon!

  6. Review by Roger W.

    A pleasure to work with Ian, easy to communicate with - but most important; Beautiful playing and hi quality sound.
    Thanks for the contribution, Ian.

  7. Review by Philippe W.

    Great tracks from Ian, who is a great saxophonist and who has been also very helpful regarding how to get through all these so special scores particularities. Thanks so much Ian.

  8. Review by Most

    Top notch! Great communication and outstanding sound!
    Couldn't have asked for more.

Interview with Ian Smith

  1. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  2. A: Flute tracks for an art gallery installation and a television programme

  3. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  4. A: That each and every track, or tracks, have 110% commitment and are as good as they can be. I aim to provide not 100% of what the client wants but more.

  5. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  6. A: The huge variety of genres and settings.

  7. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  8. A: Over 30 years as a top professional musician

  9. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  10. A: Any - everyone delivers a unique experience that makes making music a real pleasure.

  11. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  12. A: Always strive for the best possible sound and execution

  13. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  14. A: Jazz, Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Big Band, Classical, Pop, Rock, R and B

  15. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  16. A: Reading, style versatility, improvisation

  17. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  18. A: Professionalism, fast turnaround, high quality tracks (as found in any top London studio), over 30 years of experience playing for many international artists and on many sessions.

  19. Q: What's your typical work process?

  20. A: Client sends written part or clear demo plus a guide track and clear instructions. I then provide up to 4 takes for the client to approve.

  21. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  22. A: Logic Pro X Mojave MA200 microphone Focusrite Clarett preamp/interface

  23. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  24. A: Dan Higgins, Eric Marienthal, Bob Reynolds, Sal Lozano, Jess Gillam, Andrew Marriner

  25. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  26. A: Providing Saxophone (Soprano, Alto, Tenor), Flute or Clarinet tracks for a variety of clients' projects such as jingles, demo tracks for singer/songwriters, loops, film and television tracks, album tracks, etc.

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Gear Highlights
  • Logic Pro X - Mojave MA200 Microphones - Focusrite Interfaces - Audio Technica Headphones
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